Places that inspired the world of the Midnight Guardian

Because the Midnight Guardian series is based in southern Ohio and because I actually live in southern Ohio, I'm often asked about places that I write. Everyone wants to know the same thing. "That place in the book seems so familiar," they say, "what place is it really?" The answer isn't easy. I don't write … Continue reading Places that inspired the world of the Midnight Guardian

YA Indie Carnival…Location! Location! Location!

From the trapeze artist's tent, I can hear the barker calling already, "Location! Location! Location!". This week at the YA Indie Carnival the topic is Settings. I am constantly enamored by the rural vistas of the Ohio River Valley (above). This photo actually comes from my farm which was the inspiration for the Hayes Family … Continue reading YA Indie Carnival…Location! Location! Location!

YA Indie Carnival: What Reading Teaches Me as a Writer

The topic of choice this week is "What Reading Teaches Me as a Writer/Reviewer". This being a blog post, the value of brevity immediately comes to mind. Therefore, I present this week's topic as a handy, dandy Top 5 List. 5. Friends with Layers. Supporting characters should be more than background. The best books have … Continue reading YA Indie Carnival: What Reading Teaches Me as a Writer